Food that Endures

We run ourselves ragged satisfying temporary, temporal cravings while neglecting the eternal.

John 6:27“Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.”

It’s easy to devote our limited time and energy pursuing things that do not ultimately satisfy or endure. We strive for wealth, pleasure, success and possessions that will inevitably fade away.

Even necessities like food and clothing can become consuming quests when making a living eclipses higher priorities.

We run ourselves ragged satisfying temporary, temporal cravings while neglecting the eternal.

Set Your Sights Higher

Christ gently redirects our focus in this passage to pursue Him as the only source of lasting fulfillment and security.

He alone offers food that brings complete satisfaction now and endures for eternity. Make seeking Christ your primary aim in this fleeting life.

Bread from Heaven

What is this food that endures to eternal life which Jesus offers?

Earlier in John 6, Jesus declared He is the Bread of Life come down from heaven to give life to the world. Just as bread sustains natural life, Christ sustains those who feed on Him spiritually.

To eat the bread of Christ means trusting wholly in Him for salvation, nourishment and satisfaction of soul.

It means surrendering our futures fully into His hands and relying completely on Him alone.

Feast at the Table

Come regularly and feast at the table Christ has set before you in Scripture. Digest His words and partake of Him through communion, worship and prayer.

Hunger for Jesus more than anything this world offers. Find your heart’s deepest longing fulfilled in Him.

The Father’s Seal

This passage reveals that God the Father has put His full seal of approval on Christ.

As His beloved Son in whom He is well-pleased, Jesus is uniquely authorized to provide the spiritual food that imparts eternal life.

Because Jesus is fully endorsed by the Father, we can place absolute confidence in His words and works. The sinless Savior alone has the power to save and sustain. When we partake of Him by faith, we receive life without end.

Respond with Praise

Thank the Father for sending the living bread from heaven to give you eternal life.

When you are tempted to seek temporary satisfaction in lesser things, remember Christ alone can feed your soul now and forever. Offer Him your highest praise.

Trust His Provision

The things of this world that consume so much of our energy and worry will ultimately fade away. Possessions decay, status fades, careers end. Only what is done for Christ’s kingdom will last forever!

Rather than chasing things that perish, devote your precious time and abilities to pursuing the needs of others and furthering Christ’s work.

Trust Him to provide your daily bread. Focus your energy on treasuring an imperishable inheritance.

Set Minds on Things Above

Fix your thoughts and affections on Christ, not earthly things. He alone can satisfy the hunger of your soul now and for eternity.

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